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I Swallowed Half A Toothpick Last Night


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#1 of 46 OFFLINE   Alex S

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Posted May 21 2003 - 01:54 AM

I was eating dinner. My wife made stuffed chicken which is held together with toothpicks while it cooks.
I thought I took them all out but I accidentally swallowed half of one which was buried inside.

I called my doctor and he said it will most likely pass through the digestive system.

Anyone ever swallowed a foreign object before ?

Any advice ?

#2 of 46 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted May 21 2003 - 01:58 AM

Just consider it extra fiber Posted Image Seriously. . eating wood has got to be safer than eating metal or glass, or something else that will not partially digest. That is, if the splinters don't get to you first!

#3 of 46 OFFLINE   Alex S

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Posted May 21 2003 - 02:01 AM

Leila,

That's what I was thinking.

Anyone know for sure if a piece of toothpick will digest at all in the stomach ?

#4 of 46 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted May 21 2003 - 02:05 AM

I don't know how much it will digest but if it doesn't pass soon, it may just sit there till it does. Wood is just like other plants/vegetables we eat, just a bit more fiberous. I do know that if you get a splinter under your skin, your body will absorb it in due time so I don't think there's any real risk to your predicament. Obviously, though, follow your doctor's advice.

#5 of 46 OFFLINE   Lance Nichols

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Posted May 21 2003 - 03:38 AM

I don't know about toothpicks, but one night I was making Spagetti and meat sause (I amke a killer sauce) when I was in my teens, sampled the sause and swallowed the bridge from my braces.

Went to emergency, was x-ray'ed, they couldn't find it. THey then said I had two choices, exploratory surgury, or wait to see if it passed in the normal course of things. If any pain started, come back right away.

Never felt a damn thing....

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#6 of 46 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted May 21 2003 - 03:53 AM

A friend of mine told me about his sister swallowing an earring. His mom wanted it back, so she waited till it showed up. After giving it a good cleaning, it was ready to be worn again. Posted Image

#7 of 46 OFFLINE   Jon_Are

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Posted May 21 2003 - 04:01 AM

Your only concern might be that it could perforate your intestine, a toothpick being a sharp object. This could lead to semi-major complications such as peritonitis.

This is pretty unlikely, though. My advice would be to keep an eye on your, er, "output" and watch for the piece of lumber to make an appearance.

As far as swallowing a foreign object, do fortune cookies count? Posted Image

Good luck,

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#8 of 46 OFFLINE   Mark Brewer

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Posted May 21 2003 - 04:03 AM

My son got a Peanut Butter Captain Crunch up his nose...
My Nephew swollowed a quater and got stuck in throat vertically he could breath but couldn't eat, The ER Doc got it out.

I swolled 12 live Gold fish in college, it was a competition and on the 13th one we had to start chewing. SO we called it a draw and split a $5.00 Coffee Cottage gift certificate (a local coffee house).

I eat my wife's cooking every night and hope it passes through:b
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#9 of 46 OFFLINE   Alex S

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Posted May 21 2003 - 04:38 AM

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Your only concern might be that it could perforate your intestine, a toothpick being a sharp object. This could lead to semi-major complications such as peritonitis.

Jon,

How would I know if it did ?

#10 of 46 OFFLINE   Julie K

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Posted May 21 2003 - 04:48 AM

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I swolled 12 live Gold fish in college

You should have just baked them up in a loaf of bread

The toothpick will likely pass, but if you feel pain you should definitely call the doctor immediately.
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#11 of 46 ONLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted May 21 2003 - 05:26 AM

Your only worry is if the toothpick wants to come out sideways! Posted Image

Seriously, you should be okay. Chances are your digestive system will soften the toothpick to the point that all the sharp ends will bend at the slightest pressure. But if in doubt, ask your doctor.

#12 of 46 OFFLINE   Shane Bos

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Posted May 21 2003 - 05:28 AM

I eat tothpicks all the time. There is nothing to worry about.

#13 of 46 OFFLINE   Alex S

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Posted May 21 2003 - 05:48 AM

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I eat tothpicks all the time. There is nothing to worry about.

Thanks Shane. Posted Image


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Seriously, you should be okay. Chances are your digestive system will soften the toothpick to the point that all the sharp ends will bend at the slightest pressure.

That's what I was thinking too, Francois.
Thanks.

#14 of 46 OFFLINE   Bill_D

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Posted May 21 2003 - 06:33 AM

Just pop a couple olives to keep it company.

#15 of 46 OFFLINE   Paul_Fisher

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Posted May 21 2003 - 09:55 AM

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I eat tothpicks all the time. There is nothing to worry about.


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#16 of 46 OFFLINE   Eric_L

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Posted May 21 2003 - 10:04 AM

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How would I know if it did


Watch your stool for blood or dark color.

#17 of 46 OFFLINE   Andrew_Sch

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Posted May 21 2003 - 10:34 AM

Human stomach acid can dissolve razor blades. I don't think swallowing half a toothpick is reason for too much concern.
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#18 of 46 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted May 21 2003 - 11:14 AM

Shit.

Sorry... I fucking hate synonyms euphemisms Posted Image

#19 of 46 OFFLINE   Mike Lenthol

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Posted May 21 2003 - 11:46 AM

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Human stomach acid can dissolve razor blades

But how long would it take?

Being rather handy and doing a lot of stuff for everybody I've swallowed a fair share of nails, screws, springs and the like through the years. Never really got concerned over it since chewing and digesting pens and pencils in elementary and middle school never presented a problem. Tolerance build up? Posted Image

#20 of 46 OFFLINE   Jon_Are

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Posted May 21 2003 - 12:57 PM

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Watch your stool for blood or dark color.

Eric is quite correct.

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I fucking hate synonyms

I think you might mean euphemisms, Rob.

I'm sure y'all heard about the woman phoning the hospital:

Woman: "I'm calling to check on my son; he was admitted because he swallowed a dollar bill. How is he doing?"

Nurse: "No change yet."

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